Artist Support

If you’re an artist and would like to find out how you can get involved with The Bike Shed Theatre, here are some of the different ways we work with artists.  It’s also worth keeping an eye on our Opportunities page for our latest projects and news.

Sign up to our Framework Newsletter here to keep up to date with interesting opportunities, articles, workshops and submissions.


A way to air thoughts and consider how best to take your idea forward. These can also be useful for logistical issues, such as funding and touring.

Devon Residency

An opportunity to develop a new piece of work in the most beautiful county in the country, both with The Bike Shed Theatre and North Devon’s Beaford Arts. This is offered to one artist or company a year, chosen because their work is accessible and challenging, whilst their attitude is open and supportive.

From Devon With Love

A festival of work made in the county. Work selected tends to be from emerging companies and is often an opportunity for companies to give a production its first full outing.


A year-long programme of mentoring, workshops, development space and (a little bit of) money. It runs from September to August and is currently only open to University of Exeter graduates.


An opportunity for companies to develop a new production whilst showing existing work. These are offered to artists who have already produced at least one brilliant show that someone from The Bike Shed Theatre has seen.

Scratch Nights

A quarterly evening of the beginning bits of new work. A friendly audience ask thoughtful questions to support the work to the next stage. There will also be free food served for audience and performers.

The Unit

An empty shop unit where companies can develop a new idea. It is open to everyone, local or national, though local companies take priority. You can apply to develop something in The Unit here or contact Emily.


A joint programming initiative for a new production with the Arc in Stockton and Derby Theatre. This is for companies who have been making work for at least five years to enable them to develop stronger connections in other regions across the country.

Up Skill

A series of weekend workshops run over four months, led by some of the most inspirational theatre-makers in the country. An opportunity for local professionals keen to develop their practical skills.